Look at it like this. Sometimes a bad reputation is justly earned. My only real connection to this engine family was when I was 18 ear deep in transmission fluid doing an engine swap on my High School Chevrolet with my 14 year old brother. The 250 had give it up and I was replacing it with a small block 400.... You know, the real 400. The neighbors up the street just got a late 70s Ford extend cab truck. This was 1990. Those folks didn't have much and boy they were proud of that new to them truck. The barn we were doing the work in was in sight of the road. They ( the two brothers about our age) knew us and would blow the horn as they drove by. Sometimes pointing and laughing. That was all in good fun at first but it soon got old. It was like this. 1st Pass..... Hey!!! Nice truck. 2nd Pass.... Hey. Wave 3rd Pass..... Yep there they go 4th Pass.... This is getting old 5th Pass.... Ok Ya'll can kiss our asses. 6th Pass.... I looked at my brother and said, " I wish that dang thing would blow up." I kid you not that joker did not go a half a mile and dropped a valve punching a hole through the block. That was it for that truck. I hated that for them and learned never wish for something you don't want. As far as the Modifieds go, why? There's so many cooler and better engines out there that can be built cheaper with more....Pedigree.